Also, although England needed as many four wickets at the end, Jason Roy’s drop of Travis Head (42no) when on 22 proved particularly costly. Did he perhaps drop the Ashes…?
Stat of the Day
This rose to 16 when Matthew Wade copped one on the helmet late in the day…
“I simply don’t think he caught it,” said Holding. “I would love to see the magnifying glass put on that ‘catch’. As far as I’m concerned, most of his fingers are beside the ball or behind the ball.”
3:16 Marcus Labuschagne falls sweeping, out to a contentious catch by Joe Root at midwicket
Nasser Hussain, however, had sympathy with third umpire Joel Wilson, who stuck with the on-field call of a catch and suggested the real talking point was Labuschagne’s fine innings that preceded the controversy.
“With one replay it looked like it had clearly bounced, from the other it looked like it bounced in the fingers,” Hussain added. “Umpire Wilson has to stick with the on-field umpire’s decision. He didn’t do anything wrong.
“It would have been a huge talking point if Australia went on to lose the game. They haven’t, and what actually should be the talking point, in my opinion, is how well Labuschagne played. He has come in as a concussion replacement – the first time in the history of Test cricket – and I think you now can’t leave him out of the next game.”
So, who does he come in for, Shane Warne? “If Steve Smith is right for the next Test, maybe you look at Cameron Bancroft and Usman Khawaja goes up to open? He has shown good skill, technique and temperament, but courage as well. To do what he has done is too much to ignore.”
Tweets of the Day
Michael Atherton on Jofra Archer: “He lived up to every minute of his debut and he’s going to be a superstar of the world game. Some of his deliveries were incredible to cope with. He’s proving inspirational and you sense there’s been a psychological shift in the series.”
Australian Cricketers’ Association on Smith being booed on Saturday: “What was unwelcome and incorrect was the sound of booing of an injured player. Cricket deserves much better than that. And Lord’s, the home of cricket, deserves much better. What we witnessed was bravery from an outstanding young man. It should be commended not vilified.”